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Robin Schiff’s ‘Romy and Michele’ marks platinum anniversary

You’re kidding me. It’s been 20 years since Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion? God, where have I been? Whether you’re the Mary or the Rhoda, you can understand why Robin Schiff’s 1997 comedy has staying power. Based on the stage play Ladies Room, the film tells the story of dimwitted Valley girls, Romy White […]

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Lone Scherfig reigns supreme at the Chicago European Union Film Festival

Hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the month-long Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) featured 15 films directed by women (15 out of 62 = ~ 25% = a record high for this event). FF2 Media has compiled “Best of the Fest” lists from three Chicago team members, recommending films ranging from food documentaries […]

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The (Blog) is Mightier Than the Sword: Celebrating SWAN Day

“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” —G.D. Anderson Dear FF2 Media Readers, As the 10th Anniversary of International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day approaches, I prepared to write a tribute to my favorite female artists, maybe a heartfelt thank you […]

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International SWAN Day celebrates 10th anniversary

International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The holiday, also observed throughout the months of March and April, highlights the creative feats of female artists and their audiences. The holiday encourages women to celebrate, appreciate and honor fellow women in their creative endeavors. It […]

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Everyone Else (2009)

Maren Ade’s romantic drama (aka Alle Anderen) stars Lars Eidinger and Birgit Minichmayr as a married couple in a subtly heartbreaking spiral downward. This 2009 German film was re-released at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center in anticipation of Ade’s new film Toni Erdmann, a 2017 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. (BKP: 4/5) Review […]

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Female filmmakers leave lasting ‘romcom’ impact, memorable scenes

Don’t cry, Shopgirl. FF2 Media celebrates the work of female writers and directors, including their successful box office returns and critical acclaim for romantic comedies. From Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers to Anne Fletcher and Bonnie Hunt, below is a ranking and attached script of memorable romantic comedy film scenes. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Runaway Bride Written by Josann […]

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FEMALE-LED DOCUMENTARIES ADVANCE IN OSCAR RACE

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films (out of the 145 films submitted) in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®. Our FF2 Media has screened and reviewed each documentary by a female filmmaker. Congratulations to Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson, Big Mouth Productions), […]

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FILMMAKER Q&A: ANNA BILLER

By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin One of the best-reviewed indie films of 2016, The Love Witch, marks a breakthrough for filmmaker Anna Biller. Besides receiving credit as both writer and director, Biller also produced, edited, designed costumes and sets, and composed music for the film. It results in a finely crafted, beautifully layered feature film […]

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A Tribute to Sharon Jones

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor Bassist/songwriter Gabriel Roth discovered Sharon Jones sound in 1996, a sound that oozed with the gooey goodness of vintage soul, blues and funk of the 1970s. With musical influences ranging from James Brown and Tina Turner to Aretha Franklin and Motown, Sharon Jones recorded a solo track “Switchblade,” a […]

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Woodstock Film Festival ’16: Preview Guide

By: Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci Last month, I spent time at the Woodstock Film Festival, watching films written and directed only by women (except for one, with good reason, but I’ll get to that). Forty full-length narratives, documentaries and short films were directed by women in this year’s festival, which made up one-third of this […]

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Woodstock Film Festival ’16: Melissa Finell

By: Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci Every time I go to a film festival, I try to find that one film that I absolutely love and would see again. I also hope to find a director that I feel is on the verge of making it “big.” Meet director Melissa Finell, who wrote and directed “Sensitivity […]

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The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part One)

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, directed by , features six, five-minute short films on the gender gap in Hollywood. The title derives from Dr. Stacy Smith’s research, which finds that only 4.4% of approximately 1,100 top-grossing films (2002-2012) are made by women directors. The film contains shocking facts that forces us to think about gender […]

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The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part Two)

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, directed by Caroline Suh, features six, five-minute short films on the gender gap in Hollywood. The title derives from Dr. Stacy Smith’s research, which finds that only 4.4% of approximately 1,100 top-grossing films (2002-2012) are made by women directors. Let’s debunk the myth that film is a dream factory, that […]

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The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Part Three)

The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, directed by Caroline Suh, features six, five-minute short films on the gender gap in Hollywood. The title derives from Dr. Stacy Smith’s research, which finds that only 4.4% of approximately 1,100 top-grossing films (2002-2012) are made by women directors. Among the many intriguing answers that were given, three of them […]

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Kickass Women Panel

The CBS Kickass Women Showrunner Panel Special Report by Managing Editor Brigid K. Presecky “It all comes back to Felicity,” Joan Rater joked into her clip-on microphone. The showrunner of new CBS drama Doubt relayed her journey of breaking into television with a spec script, much like the other four panelists at Ben Blacker’s CBS […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Leyla Bouzid

By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Leyla Bouzid’s new film As I Open My Eyes, was made just as Bouzid now lives. Raised in Tunis, she immigrated to Paris to study in France, earning a degree at the Sorbonne University and film school at the Femis School. Just a few months before the Jasmine Revolution she […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Rosemary Myers

By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin The new coming of age comedy Girl Asleep is being described as if Wes Anderson met Louis Carroll. The connection to both make perfect sense with fantastical moments within this 70s era comedy, and visual comedy which utilizes cinema’s ability to create visual depth and texture. The film, however, has […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Sophie Goodhart

By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin More than a decade ago, Sophie Goodhart wrote and directed a hit comedy short titled My Blind Brother, about two brothers (one blind) competing in a charity swimming competition. The film debuted in the short categories at South by Southwest and Cannes in 2003, making a name for Sophie Goodhart […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Jocelyn Moorehouse

By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin It’s a delight to have Joceyln Moorhouse returning to directing after an 18-year hiatus. Of course, she was plenty busy raising four children (two who were diagnosed with autism)and working on film as the producer of her husband PJ Hogan’s films, Mental and Unconditional Love. But it’s a delight to […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Sue Maslin

Interview: Producer Sue Maslin on The Dressmaker By Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin While just hitting US theaters now, the team behind the Australian film The Dressmaker already had reason to celebrate when the film hit theaters last year (after premiering at Toronto). The film was nominated for eight Australian Film Critics Association Awards (winning four) […]

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WFF ’16: Women Filmmakers Make Impact

By: Senior Contributor Lisa Iannucci At last year’s Woodstock Film Festival in New York, Sasha Gordon debuted her movie It Had to Be You and it was extremely well-received. This well-done romantic comedy centers on Sonia, a neurotic jingle writer who’s always dreamt of a big and exciting life. Sonia is surprised by a sudden […]

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2016 Emmy Awards: Women Filmmakers Win!

FF2 Media congratulates Jill Soloway on Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for Transparent and Susanne Bier for Outstanding Director in a Limited Series, Movie or Special for The Night Manager. With a range of diverse nominees and winners, the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards is a sign of the times: the Television Academy is the […]

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NYFF: PREVIEW GUIDE TO FEMALE-DIRECTED SHORTS

Preview Guide to Female-Directed Feature Films at the 2016 New York Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel The 54th Annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) of the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) opens September 30, with a new documentary The 13th by Ava DuVernay, renowned for Selma. (2014).  Running through October 16, the full […]

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NYFF: Preview Guide to Female-Directed Features

Preview Guide to Female-Directed Feature Films at the 2016 New York Film Festival By Nora Lee Mandel     The 54th Annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) of the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) opens September 30, with a new documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay, renowned for Selma. (2014).  Running through October 16, the full […]

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Recently, I watched the new documentary And Still I Rise (2016) at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Telling the story about Maya Angelou’s fascinating life, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen. A definite must-watch. (SAT: 5/5) Review by Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules’ new documentary And […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Kate Lyn Sheil

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Kate Lyn Sheil At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of the most talked-about young actresses,Kate Lyn Sheil,  arrived with the narrative Kate Plays Christine, a docudrama about the making of a movie about Christine Chubbuck, the Florida newswoman who shot herself live on television during a report. The […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Amy Fox & Meera Menon

By FF2 Senior Contributor Lesley Coffin Interview: Amy Fox and Meera Menon, Writers-Directors of Equity When actresses Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner founded Broad Street Pictures in 2015, their goal was to tell stories women are too often excluded from in film – like stories about Wall Street greed and competitiveness. In films such as Wall […]

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Filmmaker Q&A: Benzchawel

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at the […]

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BHFF ’16: Kate Benzchawel

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at the […]

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BHFF ’16: Walk All Night

By Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF), which takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois, celebrates the history and heritage of black people, worldwide, through indie films and shorts.   While the focus is Black culture, there are several female directors and screenwriters at […]

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